David Bowie released the 12xCD box set Five Years 1969-1973 last year. The next set in the series has now been announced. It’s called Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976) and it is out through Parlophone although there is not yet a release date. In the set is Bowie’s planned album The Gouster, which became Young Americans. The box set will come with a book with liner notes courtesy of Bowie’s close collaborator Tony Visconti as well.
Visconti explains that “gouster” was “a type of dress code worn by African American teens in the ’60s, in Chicago.” He continues, “in the context of the album meaning was attitude, an attitude of pride and hipness.” He wrote that the two of them “wanted to make a killer soul album,” so The Gouster was “40 minutes of glorious funk.” See the album cover and the liner notes above!